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Kinderhook Acquires Kaizen Collision


New York, NY – Kinderhook Industries, LLC (“Kinderhook”) announced the acquisition of Kaizen Auto Care, LLC (“Kaizen” or the “Company”) in partnership with Jacob Tilzer and LNC Partners (“LNC”). Kaizen is a leading regional collision repair provider with significant presence in key markets across the western United States. Kaizen represents Kinderhook’s 30th automotive / light manufacturing platform investment since inception. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2013 by Jacob Tilzer and headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, Kaizen Auto Care is a full-service collision repair chain that provides paint and body repair, auto glass repair, fleet services, and electric vehicle specialty services to individuals and businesses through 48 locations across Arizona, Colorado, Southern California, Iowa, Nebraska and Nevada. The Company aims to provide high-quality customer service and repairs to consumers, fostering strong partnerships with its insurance carriers. Kaizen partnered with LNC in 2021.

In connection with the transaction, Vince Brock will be joining the Kaizen leadership team as Chief Executive Officer and will be teaming up with Jacob Tilzer – President of Kaizen – for the next phase of the Company’s growth. Vince Brock was previously the CEO of ProCare Collision – a Texas based collision MSO and former portfolio company of Kinderhook. In partnership with Kinderhook, Vince grew ProCare Collision from eight to 45 locations, becoming the third-largest collision repair operation in Texas and one of the largest in the country. In 2021, Vince Brock and Kinderhook sold ProCare to Classic Collision.

“I am thrilled to embark upon this new chapter of growth and expansion with Kinderhook and Kaizen,” said Vince Brock. “I am extremely impressed with the growth Kaizen has achieved to date. The Company has great shops with great people in great markets – a testament to the Company’s commitment to excellence. I look forward to working with Jacob and the Kaizen team to continue building the company into an industry leader while setting the standard for growth and high-quality repairs.”

Jacob Tilzer, President of Kaizen said, “The partnership with Kinderhook is major milestone for our company. I’m excited about working with Vince and Kinderhook as we expand and continue to focus on providing the best working environment for our employees and exceptional repair experiences for our partners and customers. I would also like to thank the entire team from LNC who showed an incredible commitment to investing in our company and people.”

“Kinderhook is excited to partner with Vince, Jacob and the LNC Team to continue to invest in Kaizen’s growth. Kaizen is a platform with marquee locations, great clients and exceptional employees and we believe Kinderhook is uniquely positioned to help Kaizen achieve its next phase of growth,” said Michael Zoch, Managing Director at Kinderhook.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to Kinderhook. DLA Piper LLP served as the legal advisor to Kaizen and LNC. Financing for the transaction was provided by Twin Brook Capital Partners.

About Kinderhook Industries

Kinderhook Industries, LLC is a private investment firm that has raised over $5.7 billion of committed capital. We have made in excess of 450 investments and follow-on acquisitions since inception. Kinderhook’s investment philosophy is predicated on matching differentiated growth-oriented investment opportunities with our financial expertise and proprietary network of operating partners. Our focus is on middle market businesses with defensible niche market positioning in the healthcare services, environmental / business services, and automotive / light manufacturing sectors. For more information, please visit https://www.kinderhook.com

About Kaizen Collision

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, Kaizen Collision is a full-service collision repair chain that provides paint and body repair, auto glass repair, fleet services, and electric vehicle specialty services to individuals and businesses through 48 locations across Arizona, Colorado, Southern California, Iowa, Nebraska and Nevada. For more information, please visit https://www.kaizenautocare.com/

About LNC Partners

LNC Partners, established in 2012 with over $700 million in committed capital raised to date, specializes in supporting the growth of lower middle market businesses. Often serving as the first institutional capital partner for management and founder-led firms, LNC differentiates itself by offering customized capital solutions that can combine equity and debt, along with strategic support. LNC’s flexible approach allows it to invest in either control or minority positions, while maintaining a disciplined focus on sectors with stable demand drivers and sustainable profitability. For more information, please visit https://lnc-partners.com/

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